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What Role Do Documentaries Play in Conversations About Race?

The study engaged more than 200 participants from U.S. cities.

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National Issues, Local Impact

How Indie Lens Pop-Up, filmmakers, and PBS stations gather communities.

Drove millions of dollars in donations for gender-equity causes through Women and Girls Lead, an international public media campaign using 60 films to reach 59 million viewers.

Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, this neighborhood series brings people together for film screenings and locally-driven conversations. Online and in over 90 cities across the U.S.

Connecting you to new and targeted communities, this digital platform lets you screen your film and lead a conversation, engage with panelists, and answer poll questions from any desktop or mobile device. Over 50,000 attendees and counting.

Partnering with organizations in eight countries, this global campaign uses storytelling to create social change—from increasing girls’ access to education to reducing child marriage and gender-based violence.

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From our blog

  1. What Role Do Documentaries Play in Conversations About Race?

    October 12, 2020

    The Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI) released a study entitled “Breaking the Silence: How Documentaries Can Shape the Conversation on Racial Violence in America and Create New Communities,” which shows that in a time of escalating media distrust and expanding news deserts, Americans view documentary storytelling as a trustworthy

  2. Welcoming Newest Films to ITVS Family in 2020

    October 5, 2020

    ITVS welcomes the newest members of the ITVS family, funded through our Open Call, Short-Form Open Call, Diversity Development Fund (DDF), and Series & Special Projects initiatives. From a community in Chicago fighting to keep its high-achieving school open in the face of gentrification, to a renegade safe injection site in Canada committed to

  3. ITVS Takes Home Three 2020 News & Documentary Emmy Awards

    September 22, 2020

    We are pleased to announce that ITVS-supported films were honored with three prestigious News & Documentary Emmy Awards. Congrats to the winning filmmakers. Read on for more.